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August 2009 - Posts

Floxin
Floxin is an antibiotic in the class of medications called fluoroquinolones. In the last few decades, the industry made modifications to this drug and submitted for FDA approval. Upon approval, the new fluoroquinolones were marketed to the public by the manufacturers. Some adverse reactions have been... Read More...
Posted: Aug 31 2009, 03:49 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Baycol
On Aug. 8, 2001, after only four years on the market, the manufacturer of Baycol, Bayer A.G., pulled it from the U.S. market. At its peak some 12 million people were taking Baycol (also known as Lipobay, Cholstat or Cerivastatin). During its short life, Baycol had become the most popular among a new... Read More...
Posted: Aug 31 2009, 03:45 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Adderall XR
Adderall XR is approved in the United States for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients 6 years of age and older with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Canada has suspended the sale of Adderall XR in the Canadian market. The Canadian action was based on reports of sudden deaths... Read More...
Posted: Aug 31 2009, 03:43 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Ephedra
On February 17, 2003, Steve Bechler, a 23 year old pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, died following a spring training workout. Investigators found a bottle of diet pills in Bechler's locker containing ephedra. The substance, an ancient Chinese herb (ma huang) is a powerful natural stimulant, and... Read More...
Posted: Aug 31 2009, 03:41 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Rezulin (troglitazone)
Rezulin is a drug manufactured by Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Company used to treat Type 2 Diabetes. Rezulin (troglitazone) was banned in England in December 1997. On March 22, 2000, the manufacturer announced that it was discontinuing the sale of Rezulin in the United States after the Federal Drug Administration... Read More...
Posted: Aug 30 2009, 03:39 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Risperdal (generic name: Risperidone)
Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical Products a division of Johnson & Johnson. It is used to treat schizophrenia and short-term treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder, and is a member of a family of drugs called “atypical antipsychotics”. Other... Read More...
Posted: Aug 30 2009, 03:38 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Meridia
Meridia is a popular weight-loss drug marketed mainly by Abbot Laboratories. Over 9 million people have taken the diet drug since its approval. According to Public Citizen, Meridia has been associated with 29 deaths and 397 serious adverse events since 1998. The FDA is reviewing the reported deaths and... Read More...
Posted: Aug 30 2009, 03:37 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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PPA (Phenylpro-panolamine)
PPA has been used in products for more than 50 years to relieve stuffy nose or sinus congestion for cold sufferers and to act as an appetite suppressant in diet aids. But after decades of use, the drug has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, especially in women. In November 2000, the Food and... Read More...
Posted: Aug 29 2009, 02:39 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Prempro
Prempro is a medication prescribed in hormone replacement therapy for women. It is designed to provide relief of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings. It is also touted as a means of preventing osteoporosis. Recently, Prempro and other estrogen progestin combinations have... Read More...
Posted: Aug 29 2009, 02:38 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Redux
Redux is an an appetite suppressant manufactured by American Home Products Corporation. It has been combined with another popular diet drug, fenfluramine (the "fen" in "fen phen"). Since receiving FDA approval in the 1980s, doctors prescribed Redux to aid overweight patients to aid... Read More...
Posted: Aug 28 2009, 02:37 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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CRESTOR
CRESTOR is a prescription medication used to lower high cholesterol. It was approved by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2003 and belongs to the statin family of medications. Statins are prescribed for those who cannot lower their cholesterol enough with diet and exercise alone. CRESTOR , or... Read More...
Posted: Aug 28 2009, 02:35 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Serzone
Serzone is an anti-depression drug. In May 2004, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that it would no longer sell Serzone in the United States. Serzone had already been withdrawn in other major markets such as Europe and Canada. Sales were estimated at about $400 million annually. Numerous lawsuits have been... Read More...
Posted: Aug 28 2009, 02:33 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Prozac
Prozac, manufactured by Eli Lilly, is an SSRI antidepressant. Not only is it used to treat depression, but also eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and panic disorders. Since it was first offered on the market in 1986, Prozac has been taken by over 50 million people worldwide. To date, over... Read More...
Posted: Aug 28 2009, 02:31 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Paxil (generic name: Paroxetine)
Paxil is an antidepressant drug manufactured by Glaxo SmithKline. It is estimated that almost 17 million people worldwide have been treated with Paxil. A number of people who stopped taking the drug have banded together and launched a class action lawsuit in connection with the physical and psychological... Read More...
Posted: Aug 27 2009, 02:24 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride)
Zoloft, manufactured by Pfizer, belongs to a class of antidepressants called SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Many SSRIs have been reported by patients to cause agitation and suicidal or homicidal behavior. Agitation is listed by Pfizer as a common adverse reaction to Zoloft . Zoloft... Read More...
Posted: Aug 27 2009, 02:19 PM by digitalangel | with no comments
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